Annual report 2013-2014 of CIDO
Editorial a word from the President:
Since osteopathy was first legalised in 2004, and the publication of decrees relating to osteopathy in 2007, France has seen an increasing interest in osteopathy as a medical speciality. This interest has grown to a point where France has more recognised schools of osteopathy than anywhere else in the world. However, the programmes offered by these schools vary widely and the diplomas they deliver are in some cases insufficient to ensure the quality of the osteopathic treatment provided and the ultimate safety of patients.
Fortunately, the ministries of health and higher education and research have been looking into this question since 2012 and have now decided that more regulation is required regarding the teaching of osteopathy and government approval of schools of osteopathy.
The work of the CIDO, in collaboration with professional bodies, student associations and the SNESO (the National Association for the Teaching of Osteopathy) has helped draw up new guidelines resulting in the publication of new legislation. These new decrees, far more demanding in their requirements, can only result in the development of osteopathy as an integral part of the health care professions, with greater responsibility required from schools towards their students and so, ultimately, to their patients.
The next few months will be decisive not only for students and their schools but also to those who work exclusively as osteopaths, who will no longer be faced with unfair, poorly qualified competition. It is patients who, in the end, will benefit most from these changes.
The schools that survive will be those who can meet the new, stringent criteria. Yet they too will be required to redouble their efforts by developing their schools’ clinics and research programmes, ensuring publication of their research and attending the seminars and congresses so vital to recognition of their school and the profession on the regional, national and international stage.
The CIDO will continue with its policy of continuous improvement and best practice teaching by qualified and highly competent professionals, while seeking to continuously reinforce its teaching staff, administrative practices and the facilities available to its students.
A future is built not on wild dreams, but on the daily imaginings of a better world and only careful analysis of the present situation can turn those imaginings into reality.